Rana Al Hassanein - National Ambassador
Rana is a young revolutionary female, artist, writer and thinker. Daughter of an Egyptian writer, she takes to heart paying tribute to her father and she keeps on the way traced by him. She does not hesitate to express herself and she breaks the cliches about the Egyptian women or religion in countries, mostly Muslim.
In 2012, Rana entered HAMSA’s annual “Dream Deferred Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East” with a remarkable piece recounting her experiences in the streets of Cairo during the 2011 uprising. The essay ended up being selected as a winner by the celebrity judging panel, which included intellectuals like Azar Nafisi and Gloria Steinem.
In 2014, Rana co-authored Graffiti Baladi, A French book project that included Graffiti photographs and writings which documented the events during and after the Egyptian revolution. Her poems were published in Best New African Poets Anthology, an experience which developed her as a poet and made him connect on a deeper level with her African heritage and get to explore different African cultures. Last year, Rana was selected to represent Egypt in the first Edition of CASP which took place in Chad.
Rana describes herself as "Unapologetic bellower who has no respect for the status quo and doesn't care about political correctness."